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Definition of "deuce" []

  • A playing card having two spots or the side of a die bearing two pips. (noun)
  • A cast of dice totaling two. (noun)
  • A tied score in tennis in which each player or side has 40 points, or 5 or more games, and one player or side must win 2 successive points to win the game, or 2 successive games to win the set. (noun)
  • To make the score of (a tennis game or set) deuce. (verb-transitive)
  • The devil: "Love is a bodily infirmity . . . which breaks out the deuce knows how or why” ( Thackeray). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deuce" in a sentence
  • ""But what the deuce is all this?" demanded the other."
  • "'After all,' said Darwin the other day, 'what the deuce is Carlyle's religion, or has he any?'"
  • "And the Caroline C----- (who the deuce is she that writes such a scratchy, illegible hand?) sends her love to Mrs. Carlyle, and proposes to 'talk to her about Amisfield and"